The H501A Is Hubsan’s Latest X4 with Waypoint Navigation

Hubsan has released a new X4 model in the form of the H501A which joins the ranks of other H5XX drones such as the H501S and H501C. It is a lightly upgraded version of the popular H501S compact GPS drone. In fact, it also features a nearly identical body to its predecessor.

One key feature that sets the H501A apart from the H501S is GPS waypoint navigation which allows pilots to specify a series of waypoints on the map for the drone to fly through. This feature is used in conjunction with the soon-to-be-released Hubsan app. Priced below $380 for the premium kit, it is one of the most affordable drones with the feature.

Product Highlights
  • HD 1080P FPV camera
  • GPS flight modes:
    • Smart Return
    • Waypoint Navigation
    • Point of Interest (Orbit)
    • Follow Me
  • 20-minute flight time
  • 800m control range (premium kit with H906A transmitter)
  • 400m control range (smartphone kit)
  • Brushless motors

The H501A carries over all other key features from its predecessor such as follow me, headless mode and return-to-home. This is one drone meant for casual FPV flying. It comes with an HD 1080P 5.8G FPV camera and a transmitter (remote controller) with a built-in 3.7″ FPV display. With the addition of waypoint navigation, pilots can use the H501A for aerial survey autonomously without having to worry much about flight controls. Pilots can literally fly hands-free with this feature.

This is great for construction site supervisors and building management staff who need an eye in the sky for a better view of the property or operation they’re tasked to monitor. Besides that, the H501A is simply great for casual FPV flying. With its FPV system, you get to experience what a bird sees as it soars in the sky. Pair the H501A with an FPV headset and the experience becomes even more immersive.

The H501A will be available in two kits — the more affordable smartphone kit comes with the X4 Air module and relay while the premium version comes with the X4 Air and H906A transmitter. At the moment, details on the X4 Air are sketchy. The only information at the moment is available in official promotional images that don’t explain much about what the module actually does.

My guess is, for the smartphone kit, a smartphone with the Hubsan app installed will connect to the X4 Air which will then transmit radio control signals to the drone. This module acts as a kind of signal booster. Since no conventional RC transmitter (remote controller) is provided with this kit, the smartphone is used to pilot the drone. No information or images are available for the “relay” module.

The premium kit is even more confusing since promo images mention that the X4 Air module will be included with it along with Hubsan’s H906A transmitter. Since conventional RC transmitters such as the H906A communicate directly with the drone, I am not sure what the X4 Air does in this kit. Whatever it is, we can only speculate for now as we wait for Hubsan to ship the H501A before more concrete details are available.

The H501A is expected to be available soon in January and major online stores such as GearBest now have it on arrival notice. The smartphone kit is expected to sell for $200 and the premium kit for $380.

Adrin Sham

Adrin Sham is a designer and photographer turned drone enthusiast. Since buying a drone for aerial photography some years ago, he has since developed a passion for UAVs and all things related.

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